More than pumpkins to pick on local farms

Staff Reports • Updated Sep 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM

A trip to the pumpkin patch has become standard fare for autumn loving locals, and this year it’s worth looking around for more than great gourds. 

Many farmers expanded options for consumers to learn how and where food and home goods are grown or made.

Bountiful Acres Farm near Watertown produces a wide range of personal care products and found that customers also wanted to learn how to make their own. Owner Sue Dickhaus added a retail store at 107 W. Main St. in Lebanon, where she hosts soap-making classes using the same goat’s milk, honey bee products and herbs her family produces on the farm.

For more information, contact Dickhaus at 615-420-0345 or [email protected] or visit bountifulacresfarm.com.

In addition to dairy and creamery tours, Noble Springs Dairy near Franklin holds farm festivals every Saturday from Sept. 16 through Oct. 28. Their celebrations include pumpkin picking, food trucks at their picnic area, a bounce house and petting zoo.

Greeneville’s Two Roots Vineyard and Alpacas hosts a National Alpacas Farm Days festival Sept. 24-25. Visitors can try spinning and weaving in addition to touring the vineyard, picnicking and mingling with the farm’s alpacas.

Most agritourism farms, like Falcon Ridge near Jackson, still offer farm favorites like wagon rides, petting zoos, pony rides, all kinds of fall décor, and pumpkin picking. Family movie nights in the pumpkin patch, praise and worship opportunities for area congregations, and educational corn mazes are also popular fall fare. The Plantation Barn of 1810 in Morristown is a popular wedding venue, and this year plans to host a community wide “trunk or treat” for the first time.

Find fall farm activities and products with the Pick Tennessee mobile app or online at picktnproducts.org.  Most on-farm activities depend on good weather, so call ahead and check the farm’s social media posts before traveling.

Pick Tennessee is the farmer to consumer service of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and offers farm, farmers market, and farm product directories, as well as seasonal recipes. Follow Pick Tennessee on social media.

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